Smoke billows over Black Country as firefighters tackle huge blaze - with VIDEO

By Richard Guttridge | Birmingham | News | Published: | Last Updated:

Firefighters tackled a huge blaze which has sent plumes of black smoke billowing into the air.

The fire broke out at a factory in Winson Green, Birmingham, and smoke could be seen for miles around on Saturday.

People living nearby were told to keep windows and doors shut, while the road near City Hospital was sealed off.

The blaze caused disruption for the nearby hospital, with people having to access A&E through a police cordon.

Dramatic images showed huge amounts of black smoke filling the air.

West Midlands Fire Service said on Twitter: "Fire in Western Road, Winson Green is creating large volumes of smoke that is spreading across the city.

"For properties within the vicinity - to ensure your property doesn’t smell of smoke; try to keep all windows and doors close."


The service added: "One of our priorities at this incident is working alongside hospital trust to ensure Dudley Rd hospital remains open. Access to hospital for visitors is via western road car parks. Access to A&E through Police Cordon on Dudley Road."

This lunchtime it tweeted: "Although our crews remain at the scene of the incident at Winson Green, the main Dudley Road closure is expected to be lifted shortly after midday."

Richard Guttridge

By Richard Guttridge
Investigations Editor - @RichG_star

Investigations Editor for the Express & Star.

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